12 Aug 2018

Make Up Brushes | Collection & Care

Make up brushes can be such a personal thing. I know I'm very particular about which brushes I buy, use and the way they are looked after. They are supposed to last years and years so aftercare is very important with brushes. I thought I'd share my make up brush collection and show you how I clean them too.


The main bulk of my brushes are by Spectrum Collections. I went for this brand because they are cruelty free, vegan and they look so beautiful! I've done a more in-depth review of this collection previously, so feel free to have a read of that here.

I like the size and weight of these brushes. They don't feel cheap and aren't so bulky to carry around, even when travelling. I highly recommend checking these out if you are on the hunt for new make up brushes. You can buy directly from their website (delivery was fairly quick!) but they are now sold in Boots too!

Other brushes I own that aren't Spectrum, include the Revlon double ended eyebrow brush, The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation Brush, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and No7 Flawless Finish Blending Sponge.

I really enjoy all of these brushes and tools as they aren't so pricey, can be bought individually and work really well for day-to-day make up use.


In terms of care for the brushes, there are different steps I take...

Spot cleaning is mainly used for eyeshadow brushes that require instant cleaning for reuse. I rarely do this because I don't really wear eyeshadow on a regular basis but I do, I use the B. Makeup Brush Cleanser. It's really simple to use - just a few sprays on the brush and a swirl around on a tissue or flannel and you are good to go!

Once a week or every fortnight (depending on how often I've used my make up brushes) I give them a good deep clean. I find it is best to do this in the shower as you can multi task and it makes the job much more bearable - I know many people find cleaning make up brushes such a chore!

In my opinion, it is best to use a make up remover or cleanser to clean brushes. If it is good enough for the face, it is good enough for your brushes! I'm currently using the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean.

I dampen the brush, pop a little blob of the cleanser on my palm and swirl the brush round so the dirt starts being removed. I repeat as necessary until the brushes are squeaky clean. You can see a before and after below!

When drying, lay a flannel down and lean the brushes upside down so the water doesn't soften the glue that holds the bristles together.

What brushes do you have? What care tips do you use? 


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